The Big Move that the 76ers made during the summer – remember that one – is the one they are apparently sticking with (or stuck with) at least for the time being.
The NBA trade deadline came and went Thursday afternoon and with the exception of giving up a second round pick to the Golden State Warrriors for backup combo guard Charles Jenkins, all was quiet. Though Evan Turner’s name was apparently brought up to and by general manager Tony DiLeo, the third-year swingman is still here, as is everyone else on the roster, including Andrew Bynum.
The offseason move that brought Andrew Bynum and sent away Andre Iguodala, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless and a draft pick apparently is still the deal the Sixers are banking their future, at least somewhat. Bynum, of course, has yet to slip on a Sixers uniform due to his aching knees. Which means after the season the team will have to make the decision whether to let him loose (thus having paid more than $16 million for, basically, a distraction) or sign him to some kind of a deal with the hopes he can return to his form of a year ago when he averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds for the Los Angeles Lakers.
So at 22-30 and playoff chances fading like the possibility of Bynum suiting up, the Sixers will stand pat with what they have now, with the addition of Jenkins.
The 6-3 Jenkins started 28 of the 51 games he played for the Warriors his rookie season, averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 assists. In 47 games this season he averaged 1.7 points while getting just 6.2 minutes a contest, compared with 17.5 his rookie season.
Jenkins will basically be auditioning for a role with the team next year as they still try to find a true backup for All-Star Jrue Holiday. Along with Thaddeus Young, those are the only two with long-term contracts on the roster. So moves this summer should be plentiful. That is why Thursday’s trading deadline came and went so quietly.
Sixshots: The team had an optional practice but was not made available to the media Thursday…It will be quite a weekend for the Sixers as they host the defending champion Miami Heat on Saturday and travel to New York to play the Knicks on Sunday.